Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the godfathers of the first beautifully designed bathroom, presented their collection Kartell by Laufen in the Brera showroom during Milan Design Week 2017.
The partnership began in 2013 and out of it came a new revolutionary material: SaphirKeramik, a material that allows performance characteristics that were unthinkable until today. A material twice-as-strong, more ecological and thinner than ceramic.
The collection includes an interconnected ecosystem where washbasins, sanitaryware, taps and fittings, storage units, shower bases, bathtubs, lights and accessories coexist with the maximum flexibility. One of the most exemplary products which portrays such coexisting flexibility is the Column basin mixer which acts as both side tray and shower faucet holder. At this year’s design event, visitors got a taste of the latest products to be included in the collection.
“Every year we add to the collection with new pieces,” Ludovica Palomba told ArchiExpo e-Magazine. “This year we added decoration to the basins so they become more like a sculpture, like a big vase. We also added new finishing colors: green and rose.”
All the accessories and furnishings in plastic have been updated with two new colors: powder pink and emerald green. The colors opaque white and opaque black will be available for mirrors, shelves and towel racks.
Listen to Ludovica Palomba discuss the latest products at the showroom on via Pontaccio in the Soundcloud clip below. He also compares bathroom design today to 25 years ago, saying it didn’t exist then. Near the end of the interview he mentions how product design, like people, should be good–meaning useful– and beautiful, not just one or the other. Be sure to read more about the designers here.
Slim washstands+cabinets 550/600/800/1000 x 500 mm.
Countertop washbasin 500/600 x 500 x h120 mm
Floor-standing rimless toilets with or without external cistern
Bathtub 1715 x 815 x h520 mm
Slim cabinet 1200 x 270 mm
Cabinet column 400 x 1300 mm
Cabinet 300 x 700 mm
Boxy – soap dish (clear, pink and green crystal)
Boxy – toothbrush holder (clear crystal base and a body in the shiny black, white, pink and green clear versions)